WEYE H. WEYEN, deceased, was born in Hanover, Germany, October 20, 1820, and died at his home in Cahokia Township, on March 15, 1889, respected by all who knew him. In the usual manner of farmer lads his boyhood days were passed and in the common schools of Germany he acquired his education. The year 1851 witnessed emigration to America. He was then a young man and had resolved to try his fortune in the New World, of whose advantages and opportunities he had heard so much. The vessel on which he took passage sailed from Bremen to New Orleans, whence he came up the Mississippi River to Alton. He began life in Madison County as a farmer. Some years later his parents also came to the United States, locating in Macoupin County, where they resided until death, both being well advanced when they passed away.
While residing in Alton, Mr. Weyen was joined in wedlock with Miss Mate Johnson, also a native of the Province of Hanover, Germany, born February 17, 1827. When a young woman she bade adieu to the Fatherland and her people and on the same ship in which her sweetheart had taken passage, she crossed the waters to America. Her home she made in Alton until, just a year after her arrival in this country, she became the wife of Mr. Weyen. They continued their residence in Madison County for some nine years, living upon a farm and then came to Macoupin County, in 1865, the husband purchasing land on section 8, Cahokia Township. When they were married their cash capital consisted of only $5 but they started out in life together hand in hand, determined to win success and at length a large and finely improved farm of six hundred acres was yielding to them a golden tribute. Thereon Mr. Weyen continued to make his home until his death. He was a man of great energy and perseverance, possessed also of good management and excellent business ability. The obstacles which arose in his path, he made to serve other than adverse purposes and where many a man of less resolute character would have despaired, he seemed to take fresh courage after an encounter with difficulties and to press forward with renewed zeal. In politics he was a Democrat and in religious belief a Lutheran. In his death the county lost one of its best citizens, his neighbors a kind friend and his family a loving and considerate husband and father.
Unto Mr. and Mrs. Weyen were born six children and with the exception of John who died in childhood, all are yet living. Heye who wedded Minnie Meinicke owns and operates a farm in Honey Point Township; Mary is the wife of George Ostercamp who owns an excellent farm in the same town; Tace wedded Allie Schmidt and resides on a part of the old homestead; Tennie married John W. Schmidt, they reside in Gillespie Township; Johns till lives with his mother and assists her in her business affairs. Mrs. Weyen is still living on the large farm in Cahokia Township which she has successfully managed with the help of her sons since her husband's death. She, too, is a member of the Lutheran Church and is a lady whose many excellencies of character have won her many friends. Her youngest son who has the burden of the farm work upon his shoulders, is a young man of excellent business ability, wide-awake and progressive and will doubtless have a successful career.